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Pittsburgh Pirates: Don't Give Up on the NL Central Yet

Bleacherreport.com  -  Most analysts are content in waiving the white flag in regards to the Pittsburgh Pirates winning the division. They shouldn’t be so quick to concede the top spot in the National League Central. Not yet, at least.The Pirates currently sit six games out of first with a little more than five weeks left in the season. A recently ended seven-game losing streak has forced the Pirates down a notch 8 days

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Tigers Give Out Miguel Cabrera NL MVP Bobbleheads, Despite Him Playing in the AL

Bleacherreport.com  -  To non-baseball fans, it may seem like nothing. To baseball fans, it's an incredible blunder.The Detroit Tigers were giving away bobbleheads of two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera on Friday. The small figures show Cabrera holding MVP awards...for the National League.Oh boy.... Looks like Miguel Cabrera's bobblehead has him MVP of the National League. #Tigers #Fail @darrenrovell pic.twitte 13 days

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Has Clayton Kershaw Suddenly Jumped into Top 2014 NL MVP Candidates?

Bleacherreport.com  -  Clayton Kershaw can do it all. Witness his most recent start on August 10 against the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.Sure, Kershaw's line was typically dominant: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6 SO, 2 BB. But his contributions extended beyond the mound.As he so often does, the lanky left-hander took the Los Angeles Dodgers on his back, driving in a run, scoring another, picking a runner 17 days

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Giancarlo Stanton Can Steal 2014 NL MVP with Dominant Stretch Run

Bleacherreport.com  -  Giancarlo Stanton will win an MVP award. That's not a bold prediction; considering his five-tool skill set and prodigious power, it'd be a surprise if the Miami Marlins outfielder didn't win one.The question is whether he'll win one this year.As of Wednesday, Stanton owned a .293/.393/.547 slash line to go along with a National League-leading 26 home runs and 74 RBI. Excellent numbers. 22 days

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Will Buster Posey Return to MVP Form in the Clutch of NL Race?

Bleacherreport.com  -  Consider, for a moment, Buster Posey's career arc: National League Rookie of the Year, NL MVP, a World Series ring, a season-ending injury and another Wold Series ring. That's a lifetime of highs and lows—more than a lifetime for many—crammed into a scant four full seasons.Now, Posey is in his fifth full MLB season, and his San Francisco Giants need him more than ever.Buster's having 23 days

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Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy Proving to Be Heart of Surprising NL Central Leaders

Bleacherreport.com  -  On Tuesday night, Jonathan Lucroy showed why he's become the heart of the Milwaukee Brewers. Even on a team that has been the biggest surprise in Major League Baseball so far, that's not an easy feat for an underappreciated player such as Lucroy, especially when he's teammates with hyped-up stars such as Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun.Lucroy smacked a pair of solo home runs, including a walk-off sho 37 days

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Five Big Things: The return Cliff Lee, the unknotting of the NL and the week ahead in MLB

Sports.yahoo.com  -  Five Big Things is Big League Stew's look at the week ahead in MLB action, examining storylines and matchups you should keep an eye on.1. THE RETURN (AND DEPARTURE?) OF CLIFF LEECliff Lee, welcome to back to the Philadelphia Phillies' starting rotation. Now, don't get too comfortable. Lee, the veteran ace of the Phillies, makes his first start since May 8 on Monday night, and many eyes around bas 38 days

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All-Star lineups: Adam Wainwright starts for NL, Derek Jeter leads off for AL

Sports.yahoo.com  -  We learned three important things at Monday's starting lineup announcement for the 2014 MLB All-Star game —Felix Hernandez is the starting pitcher for the AL, Adam Wainwright is starting for the NL and Derek Jeter is leading off for the AL in his final All-Star game.King Felix was pretty much a given to start for the AL on Tuesday night at Minnesota's Target Field, so the biggest decision of the 42 days

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